impossible to edit list of monitored logs within gnome-system-log

Bug #619898 reported by nanotube
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gnome-utils (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-utils

In gnome-system-log, it is impossible to view/edit the list of monitored logs. This is on Ubuntu Lucid.

The problem comes up when some logfile disappears, while system log still attempts to open the file. This results in an error on startup, saying "Error stating file....". This error happens upon every start of gnome-system-log.

Currently, there are two (quite suboptimal) ways of getting rid of it.
(1) recreate the file, start system log, select that file, and choose File -> Close
(2) open gconf editor, browse over to /apps/gnome-system-log, and edit the 'logfiles' value to remove the offending entry.

This is a clear usability bug, since it should be possible to edit the list of log files that gnome-system-log attempts to open from within the application itself. There should be some menu item (maybe "Edit -> File List..." or something along those lines) that brings up a window with a list of currently-monitored files.

Something like the mock-up attached to comment 4 on this bug thread here:

Bug reports about this have been opened before, see e.g.
but the target of the bugs was the showing of error messages, rather than the usability problem of inability to edit file list. So I think this report brings the right focus to the problem at hand.

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Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report. This bug has been reported to the developers of the software. You can track it and make comments at:

Changed in gnome-utils (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Triaged
Changed in gnome-utils:
status: Unknown → New
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nanotube (nanotube) wrote :

OK thanks Pedro I'll keep an eye on that one, then. :)

Changed in gnome-utils:
importance: Unknown → Wishlist
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